Thursday, April 21, 2011

An Honorable Affair?

Lancelot has a continuing affair with the Queen but still remains the most honorable knight that ever lived. How is this possible? He's sleeping with the King's wife! You can't get much more dishonorable than that.

Also, when Arthur is told about the affair and Lancelot runs away to a different country, Arthur doesn't even mention Guinevere. He just laments that he lost his best knight. To me, this seems like the King didn't really appreciate the Queen or love her in the way she would like. Is this why she chooses to (or lets Lancelot woo her into) sleep with Lancelot? Does Arthur not valuing or honoring the Queen as she deserves make it acceptable for her to seek a "better" relationship with Lancelot?

3 comments:

Luthien said...

I commented on an earlier blog about this, but I think a big part of these seemingly inscrutable moral complications comes from the role of the Church during Mallory's time. For example, the Crusades were totally supported by the Church, yet horrible things were done in the wars - things that we could never imagine the Catholic church condoning today. I think that morality was just not as clean/clear cut during the Middle Ages as we think it was, and that the Church - a huge authority - was not the greatest example of morality to the people.

Fingolfin said...

In regards to the King not loving the Queen in the way she'd want, it was my understanding that many marriages between people of power were that of a "marriage of convenience" rather than actual love. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Finwe said...

I don't think Lancelot was honorable either but Arthur should have also not have been in denile of their affair. For this version, Arthur doesn't really seem to care.